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Book Title: The Semi-Detached House|
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Reader ratings: 3.5
The author of the book: Emily Eden
Edition: Dodo Press
Date of issue: May 16th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781409915935
Format files: PDF
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"The only thing more gratifying to find than a good book is a good book which has been neglected." Phyllis Rose, literary biographer
3,75 stars rounded up for this light and entertaining Victorian comedy of manners, published in 1859. It very much reads as if it were the literary child (or at least a cousin once removed) of
I very much tend to agree with Miss Rose, especially as it concerns Emily Eden, who was totally unknown to me until Goodreads was kind enough to recommend it to me, because "I liked Jane Austen's books". So, a big THANK YOU goes to Goodreads.
Emily Eden was born in 1797 when Jane Austen had probably already finished First Impressions. How exciting. :)
Apparently Jane Austen was EE's favourite author and her influence can definitely be discovered in The Semi-Detached House.
Undoubtedly, it is lighter and the social sphere is higher. Its set is the Victorian aristocracy to which Emily Eden belonged -her father was the 1st Baron Auckland-. There are some great portrayals, memorable characters, some -though usually- light and witty social observance, and a potential to even more.
The story tells about the unlikely relations between two families from different social classes.
The lovely, young Lady Chester -recently and happily married- is about to have a baby so she is not allowed to accompany her husband to Berlin on a diplomatic mission.
He leaves her in a semi-detached house whose other half is occupied by a solidly middle-class family, the wife and daughters of a sea captain. The Chesters and Hopkinsons take to each other despite their different backgrounds.
Their foil comes in the person of the ostentatious, nouveau riche, social climbers Baron and Baroness Sampson, who are of Jewish origin. Here, there were also resemblances to The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope.
Phyllis Rose calls it ''The Merchant of Venice' in English country dress."
And so here comes a warning to readers that though it is not pointed, the aristocratic anti-Semitism is obvious and this may, depending on your state of mind, ruin all the fun. It did not for me, because they were so well-drawn characters that I could concentrate on that alone.
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Read information about the authorEmily Eden (1797–1869) was an English poet and novelist who gave witty pictures of English life in the early 19th century.
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